PlanToys' Build A Zoo is a block set/matching game hybrid toy

by 04/18/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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PlanToys’ colorful zoo blocks enable your child to have fun and develop fine motor skills and his imagination in the process. Little ones can build their own block zoo, then match each animal into its proper place. This cool block/matching game hybrid also reinforces color recognition and counting. The set consists of 16 wooden plank block pieces and five small animal friends, all made with sustainable rubberwood that’s coated with a non-toxic finish made of vegetable dye. Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

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+ Build A Zoo $15.00

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Grow a Garden felt veggie kit is a bountiful toy for budding gardeners

by 04/17/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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This absolutely beautiful Grow a Garden Felt Veggie Kit is handmade with 100% pure wool felt and comes with everything needed to encourage a love of gardening and imagination in your child. This lovely toy includes a whopping 36 individual wool felt vegetables that can be planted into the also included, felt garden bed box. Your child can then harvest her veggies, use them to whip up veggie meals in her play kitchen and then re-plant them so that the fun starts all over again. The wool felt planting box also serves as storage for all the veggies when this toy is not in use. The veggies included are 3 white radishes, 3 turnips, 3 red radishes, 3 red onions, 3 pumpkins, 3 lettuces, 3 garlic, 3 carrots, 3 cauliflower, 3 beetroot, 3 brown onions and 3 cabbages. Each piece of felt food is designed and made locally in Nepal and contains zero synthetic fillings.

+ Grow a Garden Felt Veggie Kit $199.95 (AUD)

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Help bring back the bees by growing a rainbow of wildflowers with Seedles' seedballs

by 04/17/15   filed under: gardening, green design, green gifts, kid friendly

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Did you know that bees pollinate one out of every three bites that we eat? Honeybee populations are troubled, which could spell disaster for the food supply. One Bay Area social entrepreneur, environmentalist, and Dad has created a simple solution that is sure to brighten and beautify the future: Seedles. Seedles, which are seedballs comprised of clay, compost, native & GMO-free seeds, natural pigments, and water, are brilliantly beautiful and a fun way to promote a sustainable food future. Seedles wants to make helping the environment as easy as possible, so they designed their seedballs to simply grow and root into the soil after it rains; you can literally throw them and grow them.  Each Seedle can grow between five and ten wildflowers, so kids will love being able to see their part in helping to “grow the rainbow.” These easy-to-spread seedballs are genius, and we especially love the fact that Seedles are packaged according to region, so your Seedles packet will only include wildflowers native to your area.

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6 superfood smoothie recipes your whole family will love

by 04/17/15   filed under: food, green family, green kids, health & body, healthy recipe, kids health, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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C-section rate in the United States is DOUBLE what is recommended by the World Health Organization

by 04/16/15   filed under: birth, green maternity

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Compared to Brazilians, who clock in at a Caesarean section rate of 52%, the American C-section rate of 32.7% might not seem so high. However, the U.S. percentage is currently double the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target rate of 10-15%, and there is no evidence that health care quality improves once a country’s rate goes above 15%. Certain maternal health conditions and complications during labor necessitate a C-section, including breech birth or a baby showing signs of distress in utero during the labor process. C-sections, however, are indeed a surgical procedure that can have complications such as post-operative bleeding and pain, and a higher likelihood of a C-section in subsequent pregnancies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has pushed in recent years for longer labor and pushing stages to reduce C-section rates.

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Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

by 04/16/15   filed under: green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body, prenatal

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Thus far, information about the association between maternal diabetes and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been limited, so recently a group of researchers decided to find out what, if any links between these two conditions exist. What the researchers learned was that mothers-to-be who developed gestational diabetes by their 26th week of pregnancy were 63% more likely than moms without gestational diabetes to have offspring with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. While this news may be unsettling to some families, especially those dealing with gestational diabetes, the researchers point out that yes, there is indeed a link, but that doesn’t mean cases of autism are common or expected among mothers with gestational diabetes. As study co-author Anny Xiang, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, points out, “Autism is still rare… although the risk of having a child with autism is still low among women who have gestational diabetes early in pregnancy (before 26 weeks), the study did find a relationship between these women and an increased risk that the child would have autism.”

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Philips "Light up the Dark" experiment enables Swedish children to reap the benefits of playing outdoors on the darkest days of winter

by 04/16/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, news

In an effort to tear kids away from their television screens and video games and to head outdoors during the short, dark days of winter, lighting leader Philips embarked on an experiment to enable more outdoor playtime. Philips took to Uppsala, Sweden, during the darkest days of February to “Light up the Dark” by installing Philips CityTouch lighting on a children’s outdoor playground. In this region of Sweden, winter days average only six hours of sunlight each day, and the darkness keeps children essentially trapped indoors — which affects everything from their mood to their appetite. Philips sought to improve their quality of life by making it possible to spend more time outside playing in the fresh air. This experiment was a giant success. 37% of the kindergarten children surveyed spent extra playtime outdoors, 57% of parents noticed an improvement in their child’s mood from playing outside, 43% of parents reported a positive impact was made on their child’s sleeping pattern — and the lighting is now a permanent fixture on the playground. More details and the final results of the experiment can be further explored via the video above.

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Love Mae's biodegradable, bamboo dinnerware sets feature charming animals from farm to forest

by 04/15/15   filed under: baby feeding, eco toddler, green design, kid friendly

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Biodegradable, bamboo serving sets that feature adorable hand-drawn creatures with stylish and sweet details? We (and our little eaters) are in green design heaven! Etsy store Love Mae, known for its eco-friendly wall decals, has three ridiculously cute versions of its dinnerware sets: farmyard animals, forest animals, and a woodland tea party featuring birds. The sets each come with a divided plate, a small bowl, a cup with a handle, and a spoon, so your little ones are covered for every meal and snack. Free from BPA and phthalates and top rack dishwasher safe, these sets would make an awesome shower gift or first birthday present. Truth be told, the designs are so endearing, we wouldn’t mind stocking up on an extra few sets and eating our meals on them as well!

+ Love Mae Bambo Dinnerware Sets $29.95

 

HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

1. Gather the ingredients yamani rice a bunch of pak choi a couple of mushrooms 1 large carrot a bunch of fresh parsley sesame seeds sesame oil soy sauce extra virgin olive…

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7 of the world's most unique playgrounds!

7 of the world's most unique playgrounds!

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HOW TO: Grow a lemon tree from a lemon seed

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Musician visits children's hospitals to teach kids to play the ukulele for happiness and healing

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TweetEmailGuitarist Corey Bergman is bringing happiness and inner healing to kids in hospitals around the country, thanks to his nonprofit the Ukulele Kids Club. Using music to…

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Is free range parenting a crime?

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Outdoor wooden rocking animals are playful and elegant

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While growing up in Singapore in the 1970s, designer Chan Wai Lim spent a lot of time playing with farm animals as well as wooden toys. She combined these two nostalgic elements of her…

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TOMS and Every Mother Counts team up to create a tote and backpack whose proceeds support maternal health worldwide

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Your hand-me-down vintage toys from the 1970s and 1980s may be harming your child

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TweetEmailThough it’s sweet and nostalgic to watch your children play with and enjoy the same toys you cherished as a young kid, you should think twice before handing…

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See a Georgia family's stunning transformation of an old tool shed into a multipurpose playhouse

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Joni recalls that her father built a playhouse from scratch for herself and her sister when they were young, so she knew what special memories of childhood they could create.…

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HOW TO: Grow an herb garden in eggshell planters

HOW TO: Grow an herb garden in eggshell planters

Step 1: Gather the Supplies empty egg carton eggshells (halves) organic soil organic herb seeds scissors Step 2: Shape the Egg Carton Garden My son and I headed outside for this…

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